There are approximately 7.5 billion people in the world, and what matters to each and every one of those people is important. I’m sure you’re wondering, “to who?”
Well, to them.
We get so caught up in the world of influencers, social media stars, even our own friends and family, that I think we forget the most important person in the world.
In a world where keeping up with the Joneses has morphed into Keeping up with the Kardashians, is it even a wonder that we do forget ourselves? Sure, we may know what we want, even dream about bigger things, but when there’s so much in our faces daily that’s better and more, how do we keep up?
The biggest hurdle most of us face is being concerned with what other people think about how we are doing, what we are accomplishing, and what we do or don’t have. This isn’t a new concept by any means, it’s just more glaring today, in a world where most anything you want to see or know is at the tips of your fingers.
It’s easier to get lost in what someone else has, instead of focusing on what really matters to you.
There’s also this idea that it’s wrong, in some way, for certain things to matter to you. As a mom who works from home, I hear a lot that I don’t really work. Just because I don’t have to physically take myself to a different place to go to work each day doesn’t mean I don’t have a job. Not only do I work at home, I also care for my youngest child.
Try doing your job for six to eight hours a day when a two year old is your co-worker, then tell me I don’t work.
So, what matters to me, may not be the least bit important to the next gal. Once a week, my son spends the day with another caregiver in his life. She picks him up around 9 am and brings him home at 6 pm. This gives me a full work day to do as I wish. Which typically entails me writing like a mad woman.
That one day per week is more important to me than any other day. I get a lot done, which is awesome. But what matters most, is the quiet. It is a rare occasion that all is quiet around here, so when I have the chance to experience it, I enjoy every second of it.
What matters to you may be the ability to go to a party, spend time with friends, treat yourself to a mani/pedi. It doesn’t matter what it is, just that it’s important to you. In the fast paced, do better each day world that we live in, taking the time to do something that matters to us, regardless of what it is, is more important than ever.
It makes us happier individuals, which in turn, helps us be better partners, parents, producers, and friends. The old adage of not being able to pour from an empty cup rings rather true.
What matters to you?
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